I wanted to write all about angles.
Well, lines and angles, to be exact -
but it seems that topic's already taken.
Suzy Menkes, the blog slayer herself ;) , wrote an article back in ye ol' 2012 called New Geometry, about the recent emergence of harsher stripes, checks, and angles than ever before.
With my brilliant idea taken, I resigned to listen (read: read).
Apparently, at the beginning of the century, fashion was more about curves and roundness.
"...circular hats balanced on pouffed up-dos, a bust swelling out like a balcony and a bustle at the rear."
Then came the cropped bobs of the 20s, the post-war hippie psychedelic shapes, and the sharp shoulder pads of the 80s - each trend outdoing the former. Suzy thinks harsher geometry always mean we're moving forward.
But I don't know. What does it mean?
Why the Beetlejuice/checkers/plaid thing now? in 2012/13?
Menkes suggests it has to do with "x-ing out femininity", but I'm not so sure.
I mean, is this pencil skirt really negating the fact that I'm a female?
So I thought, why do I wear geometric patterns?
Well, they make me feel simple and powerful at the same time. Even when I'm not.
I don't have to try, and immediately I look like I've got an attitude.
They allow me to play with shapes and textures, while still maintaining some sort of symmetry.
So why now? Is it because, broke, unsure about the past and even more unsure about the future, I turn to a sartorial form of self-empowerment? Is it because in this confusing world/time/mindset whatever, straight lines and exact angles are comforting and easy ... uncomplicated?
Or does it indeed have to do with an increasing sense of androgyny? Are we "x-ing out" our own femininity?
|shirt: vintage Guess, skirt: ASOS, shoes: Colin Stuart|
Wish I knew anything at all about psychology.